Westfield’s first large shopping centre in the UK is undergoing a programme of remediation work 10 months after it opened, it has emerged.
Contractors working for the developer on the £340m Westfield Derby centre are fixing water damage and broken floor tiles.
Peter Miller, director of development design and construction for the Australian firm, said this type of work was normal on a development of that scale. He said most work would be completed by the end of this week.
The developer, which is also building the £1.6bn White City (below) and £4bn Stratford City developments in London, has denied that work on the floor is connected to reports of people slipping on marble tiles.
Miller said: “The floor has passed abrasion test criteria. There is no issue with it being slippery.”
Miller added that remediation work on the floor involved replacing cracked areas. “We weren’t happy with the stone on the floor and are replacing areas.” He claimed the floor was damaged by equipment during the fit-out stage.
Miller denied the scheme was “cheap” and said he was very happy with the project.